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One killed in knife attack as unrest continues across Israel and West Bank

A solider is also in a critical condition.

Paramedics treat an Israeli soldier after he was stabbed in Tel Aviv.
Paramedics treat an Israeli soldier after he was stabbed in Tel Aviv.
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AN ISRAELI WOMAN was killed and three others wounded in two separate Palestinian knife attacks as months of unrest in Jerusalem spread across Israel and the occupied West Bank.

Today’s violence began in Tel Aviv where a Palestinian teenager from the northern West Bank stabbed a 20-year-old soldier, leaving him in critical condition. The assailant fled but was arrested.

Hours later, another Palestinian attacked three Israelis outside Alon Shvut settlement in the southern West Bank, killing a young woman and wounding two other people before he was shot dead by a security guard.

The bloodshed took place after months of clashes and unrest in and around annexed east Jerusalem which spread to Arab areas of Israel at the weekend after police shot dead a young Arab-Israeli during a routine arrest operation.

Since the summer, Israel has significantly increased police presence on the streets in a bid to rein in the unrest, but has been unable to stop a growing number of attacks by lone Palestinians, most of them in Jerusalem, but today’s incidents were further afield.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said of the incident in the southern West Bank:

A car stopped at the hitchhiking stop at the entrance to Alon Shvut, the driver got out of the car and stabbed three civilians who were standing there.

A woman of about 25 was killed and two men were lightly to moderately wounded, medics said. Police said all three were Jewish settlers.

Their attacker, who was identified as Maher Hamdi al-Hashlamon, was shot and seriously wounded by the settlement’s security guard. He was taken to a Jerusalem hospital for treatment but died of his wounds shortly afterwards, police said.

Palestinian security sources said Hashlamon was from the southern city of Hebron.

Since August, there have been four deadly Palestinian attacks in Jerusalem — three of which were “hit-and-run terror attacks” which killed five Israelis — and one attempted drive-by shooting.

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All four perpetrators, who acted alone and came from east Jerusalem, were shot dead, sparking further unrest.

One killed in knife attack as unrest continues across Israel and West Bank
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  • Unrest in Kfar Kana, northern Israel, yesterday

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  • Unrest in Kfar Kana, northern Israel, yesterday

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  • Unrest in Kfar Kana, northern Israel, yesterday

    Source: AP/Press Association Images
  • Unrest in Kfar Kana, northern Israel, yesterday

    Source: AP/Press Association Images
  • Unrest in Kfar Kana, northern Israel, yesterday

    Source: AP/Press Association Images
  • Unrest in Kfar Kana, northern Israel, yesterday

    Source: AP/Press Association Images
  • Unrest in Kfar Kana, northern Israel, yesterday

    Source: AP/Press Association Images

Since July, police have arrested some 900 Palestinians for public order offences in east Jerusalem and indicted around a third of them.

But at the weekend, the unrest spread after police shot dead a 22-year-old Arab-Israeli in Kufr Kana near the northern city of Nazareth, triggering a wave of rioting in Arab areas, some of which continued until early Monday.

- © AFP, 2014

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